Women of Distinction

At last, Women of Distinction honorees unveiled in glam style and it's a surprising mix

Women of Distinction honorees unveiled and it's a surprising mix

News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Diva Garza, Paula Mendoza
Phoebe Tudor, Barbara Van Postman, Joanne Petersen, Paula Mendoza, Dee Dee Marsh, Mady Kades, Lisa Holthouse, Gina Gaston Elie, Estela Cockrell, Gina Bhatia, Bradlee Few. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Alan Stein, elizabeth Stein, Shelby Kibodeaux, Bruce Padilla
Alan Stein, Elizabeth Stein, Bruce Padilla, Shelby Kibodeaux. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Beth Wolf, Barbara Van Postman, Mady Kades, Evelyn Lightman
Beth Wolff, Barbara Van Postman, Mady Kades, Evelyn Lightman. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Diva Garza, Paula Mendoza
Diva Garza, Paula Mendoza. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Dee Dee Marsh, Wallis Marsh
Dee Dee Marsh, Wallis Marsh and family. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Diva Garza, Paula Mendoza
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Alan Stein, elizabeth Stein, Shelby Kibodeaux, Bruce Padilla
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Beth Wolf, Barbara Van Postman, Mady Kades, Evelyn Lightman
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Diva Garza, Paula Mendoza
News, Shelby, Women of Distinction announcement, Oct. 2015, Dee Dee Marsh, Wallis Marsh

Two months before the official announcement of the ABC KTRK Channel 13 Women of Distinction, one excited husband slipped me the word that his wife was one of the honorees. "I'm so proud," he said. "I just wanted to let you know."

Now it can be told as the women of accomplishment that will be presented at the 2016 Winter Ball were announced in glam style in the couture salon of Saks Fifth Avenue. Channel 13 news anchor and former Woman of Distinction Melanie Lawson did the honors. The ball benefits the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Taking bows at the January 23 "Age of Aquarius" ball at the Hilton Americas-Houston will be Gina Bhatia, Estela Cockrell, Gina Gaston Elie, Lisa Holthouse, Mady Kades, Dee Dee Marsh, Paula Mendoza, JoAnn Petersen, Barbara Van Postman and Lynn Walsh. Phoebe Tudor has been tapped as 2016 Ambassador for her long-standing commitment to making Houston a better place for all and Bradlee Few will serve as youth ambassador.

Sisters-in-law Jana Arnoldy and Susan Arnoldy Hansen will chair the gala.

The party crowd included Saks GM Bobby Dees and wife Wezy, Beth Wolff, Bill and Joanne Crassas, Elizabeth and Alan Stein, Carolyn Farb, Liz Rigney, Wallis Marsh, Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Tom O’Connor and Leisa Holland-Nelson.